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Kluge Advokatfirma AS

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Chairman of the Board: Steffen Asmundsson
Managing Partner: Bjørnar Alterskjær
Number of partners: 41
Number of lawyers: 90 (in addition to the partners)
Languages:  Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish 

Firm Overview:
Kluge was established in 1923 and has during the last years grown to approximately 130 lawyers in offices in the three major Norwegian business centres of Oslo, Stavanger and Bergen. The firm provides services in all areas of commercial law as well as employment, construction and public law.

Main Areas of Practice:
Banking & Finance
Capital Markets & Corporate Governance
Corporate & M&A
Dispute Resolution
Employment
Intellectual Property & TMT
Oil & Gas
Real Estate & Construction
Restructuring/Insolvency
Shipping
Tax

Kluge is a full service independent law firm and offers comprehensive advice and assistance within all major fields of business law. Core market sectors are energy/oil and gas, real estate/construction, public sector, and industry/ finance.

Banking & Finance:
Kluge has a small well-established banking and finance practice and assists several domestic and international banks, financial institutions and corporate clients in a broad range of finance transactions.
Contact: [email protected]

Capital Markets & Corporate Governance:

The firm combines its strong industry position in the energy industries with capital markets abilities. The team provides knowledge from experience from the private banking sector and public supervision.
Contact: [email protected]

Competition/Antitrust, Including Public Procurement:
Kluge’s practice in the area of competition law has a strong focus on public procurement and restrictions on state aid. 25 lawyers at Kluge deal with public procurement and related issues, either exclusively or in connection with their general portfolio.
Contact: [email protected]

Corporate & M&A:
Whereas the corporate/M&A team probably is best known for its assistance in M&A transactions related to the oil and gas industry, it also assists in large transactions in several other industries. In the transaction assignments the clients include E&P companies, oilfield service companies, PE funds, corporate finance brokers, listed and unlisted companies and foreign clients. In these assignments the firm frequently collaborates with foreign law firms, inter alia UK and US law firms based in Houston and Aberdeen.
Contact: [email protected]

Dispute Resolution:
Kluge is particularly dominant in dispute resolution within construction matters, especially within the public transportation sector. During the last years Kluge has performed a growing amount of litigation assignments within the oil and gas industry, the oil supply industry and within public procurement.
Contact: [email protected]

Employment:
Kluge’s employment law team provides a full range of advice and dispute resolution services to private and public employers, individual employees and labour organisations in individual and collective employment law issues.
Contact: [email protected]

Intellectual Property & TMT:
Kluge offers a full range of legal services covering intellectual property, technology and communication matters.
Contacts: [email protected] (TMT), [email protected] (IP)

Oil & Gas:
Contrary to many of competitors, whose main oil and gas related work is related to M&A or litigation, Kluge is also assisting clients in their day-to-day operations. This gives the firm an edge when it comes to practical and expedient advice and litigation on business specific contracts.
Contact: [email protected]

Real Estate & Construction:
Kluge’s real estate and construction law practice is one of the largest in Norway (50 lawyers), and it is considered to be one of the most experienced and leading practices in Norway. Kluge acts as advisor and negotiator for developers, architects, engineering and construction firms as well as financial institutions and investors in the real property sector. Kluge also assists in large real estate transactions.
Contacts: [email protected] (Real Estate) [email protected] (Construction)

Shipping:
Kluge’s shipping practice is primarily related to the firm’s long and extensive experience with public sector entities, such as government bodies and providers of public transport services. Kluge also has long experience with ship finance, arrest and international enforcement, and certain other private companies in various fields of this sector. Associate partner Linn Hoel Ringvoll is represented on the board of the Norwegian Maritime Law Association (CMI, Sjørettsforeningen).
Contact: [email protected]

Tax:
The tax team has for many years been renowned for its high level litigation on behalf of both the tax authorities and corporate clients. Whereas petroleum tax expertise is a cornerstone in the firm’s practice, it also provides planning and strategic advice on corporate tax, VAT, customs and other duties, shipping tax, real estate tax, international tax regulations, transfer-pricing, inheritance tax and succession planning.
Contacts: [email protected] (Litigation), [email protected] (Advisory)